Boone Post

January 17, 2021

Reopening Updates

All K-8 students who opted for in-person learning are scheduled to return to the building on Monday 2/1/21. We know there are still many questions regarding how many students will return, which days students will attend, and if there will be any teacher or classroom changes for students. Depending on many factors, the answers to these questions may be different at each grade level. Teachers will be hosting family meetings prior to 2/1/21 to explain what the hybrid and learn at home models will look like for their classroom once they know their updated schedule and class roster. If you are unable to attend the meeting with your child’s teacher, and/or you would like to attend a general K-8 meeting with Boone administration, note that we will host a school-wide meeting on 1/28/21 at 3:30PM.

Required Health Screener for Hybrid In-Person Students

Boone's website ( has added a new page under the Community tab called "How to use the CPS Health Screener." This page contains videos (in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Urdu) on how to access the health screener site and how to fill it out. The CPS Health Screener must be filled out by all staff, students, and visitors before going to any CPS location, including Boone.

Hybrid In-Person Learning Schedules

The CPS hybrid in-person model typically has K-8 students coming to school in person for 2 days per week. Students who have selected hybrid in-person learning will be scheduled to come in for either Monday and Tuesday, or Thursday and Friday. All students in K-8 will be scheduled for remote learning on Wednesdays. Our office staff is currently in the process of calling all families who have selected hybrid in-person learning to confirm siblings so that siblings will attend on the same 2 days. If you have not yet received a call regarding siblings, please call the school at 773-534-2160 to speak with a school clerk regarding this matter.

A reminder that the window for selecting hybrid in-person learning closed in December. At this time students may not switch from remote to hybrid. However, at any time students can switch from hybrid to remote. You may also call the school or email Claudia Ortiz if you would like to update your selection from hybrid to remote.

Changes to Remote Learning Schedules Begin 2/1/21

Due to the following factors, we anticipate that the majority of the K-8 remote learning schedules will change beginning 2/1/21:

  • The required minimum of minutes for synchronous instruction will be reduced to 150 minutes
  • The school-wide common lunch time of 11:30 will no longer be possible due to the in-person lunches needing to be staggered to ensure adequate supervision while teachers take their own lunch breaks
  • Teachers will receive additional preparation time on Wednesdays due to needing to plan for both hybrid and remote learning

Each teacher will share the revised remote learning schedule for their students prior to 2/1/21.

Parent Workshop Sponsored by BAC

Please click here for a link to a flier regarding an upcoming parent workshop on 1/20/21. This workshop will be in Spanish: Small Big Writers, by psychologist and Motivational speaker Ferney Ramirez.

LSC Meeting 1/19/21

There will be a virtual LSC meeting on Tuesday 1/19/21 at 4:00PM. Please click here to request the link to the session. The agenda and virtual link will also be posted prior to the meeting at

Social Justice Standards Meeting Postponed

Our third session regarding our Social Justice Standards with CPS Equity Partner Dr. Carole Collins Ayanlaja was originally scheduled for 1/19/21. Please note that it has now been postponed to 2/16/21. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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School Closed Monday 1/18/21

In observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., there will be no school in session or food distribution on Monday 1/18/21.

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CPS District-Wide Calendar 2020-2021

  • Jan 18 - NO SCHOOL, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • Jan 19 - LSC Meeting, 4:00PM
  • Jan 20 - BAC Workshop, 1:00PM
  • Jan 28 - K-8 Reopening Plan Meeting, 3:30PM
  • Feb 1 - K-8 students who opted for in-person learning return to the building
  • Feb 4 - Last day of 2nd Quarter
  • Feb 5 - No Classes (Teacher Professional Development Day)


Parent Portal

Parent Portal gives parents the ability to view students' grades in real time. If you are setting up your Parent Portal account for the first time, please visit the First Time Parent Portal Set-Up link. This is a one-time step and not necessary after every school year. Once you receive your email from Aspen to help set up your username and password, you can access Parent Portal at Aspen Parent Portal.

If you already have a Parent Portal account, but are running into technical issues (forgot password, locked out, etc), please email Boone's tech coordinator Patrick Chi ( so he can reset your account. Once your account is reset, you should receive an email from Aspen with further instructions. Additional information provided by the district can be found at this link.

How to Contact Office Staff or Administration

While Door 1 is under construction and temporarily unavailable, and there are limited staff at Boone due to COVID-19 closure, here are the ways you can contact office and/or administrative staff:

  • Leave a message with Security Officer Mr. Valencia outside at Door 2 near the food distribution, 8am-1pm daily Monday-Friday
  • Call main office and/or leave a phone message at 773-534-2160, option #0 (voicemail is checked daily)
  • Email one of our clerks: Claudia Ortiz - (English & Spanish), Shamiram Shahbaz - (English, Arabic, Assyrian)
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Daniel Boone Elementary School

A Chicago Public Schools Fine and Performing Arts Neighborhood School with a Magnet Cluster Program in West Rogers Park.

Boone Vision: Kindness, creativity, and an understanding of diverse perspectives will guide us as we intentionally engage in learning opportunities and take action to bring about positive change in our world.

Boone Mission: We actively seek to learn more about ourselves, others, and the world through the arts and through learning opportunities that respond to our identities and promote positive relationships. We rise up to advocate for ourselves and others so that everyone is valued and empowered.